Blood4All 2017

An annual campaign conceived and implemented by DC Shaper Roberto Carlos Garza Rodríguez,  #Blood4All is a Global Initiative that aims to engage youth through social media to spark a conversation about becoming voluntary blood donors and taking action donating blood periodically. Theobjective is developing digital initiatives, programs, events and blood drives that will change the way people think and talk about blood donation and ultimately improve health outcomes. This year's campaign took place from 2-10 December 2017.

#Blood4All is a collaboration between the Global Shapers Community Hubs, government, international organizations, academic institutions, civil society and businesses.

First held during the first week of December in 2016, in 32 cities of Europe, America, Asia
and Africa. The Global Blood Drive helps an estimated of 4000 adults around the world.

In 2017, more than 20 Shaper hubs around the world participated in this campaign, resulting in over 500 donations. 


How to Lead a Cause

DC Shaper Jazmin Tanner organized a panel for 20 DC High School students where they heard from Shapers Marcus Noel (discussed Heart of Man), Franklin Morales (discussed Indigo), and Roberto Carlos Garza Rodríguez (discussed Blood4All.

Refugee Art Expo

DC Shaper Julia Duncan organized an art show featuring art from refugee children that benefits Love without Borders. From Julia: 


As many of you know, I have just returned from a trip to Greece where I had the opportunity to work with refugees in 7 different camps. I met an American woman in one camp who has started “Love without Borders,” an organization dedicated to art therapy for refugee children. To date, she has hosted 10 art shows/sales around the world (she’s a flight attendant with United!) with the art produced by the refugee children. The proceeds go directly back to the kids/families in the camp.

With help from the DC Shaper community, this event raised $17,503 for refugee children in need - a huge success. This success encouraged Julia to spin up more art shows around the country and DC! 

Next Generation of Men Event

Next Generation Men & Women (with Atlanta's Outgoing Curator) event hosted by Jazmin Tanner, with Phil Reeves and Franklin Morales in attendance, to discuss career opportunities with high school students.


British Embassy Dinner

The Shapers attended dinner with the British Deputy Ambassador and rising star in UK diplomacy, Patrick Davies, at his official residence. He has a fascinating background working in the Middle East with key roles in the Arab Spring and Iran.

We discussed a range of US-UK issues as well as global issues of shared interest and had an intimate Q&A with the deputy ambassador.


LGBT Youth Fundraiser

DC Shaper Sam Rithotlz - who was involved with the DC Center's Youth Working Group, which advises local DC government on how to best support LGBT youth in the area - invited the Shapers to the LGBT Community's Youth Working Group Reception. Most startlingly, almost half of DC's youth experiencing homelessness population identify as LGBT. And thus, the organization focuses on best serving the needs of LGBT youth experiencing homelessness in the DC area. 

The DC Shapers donated in force - reaching silver level sponsorship for the event, as well as donated items to be auctioned off.  Several DC Shapers were in attendance at the reception.


2017 Annual Retreat

April 21-23, 2017

The 6th Annual DC Shapers Retreat was held in the Shenandoah Valley of Luray, Virginia. This is the highlight of the year and the most dedicated time we'll have to get to know each other better as well as plan future activities. 

Meet the Leader: Sonal Shah

Meet the Leader with Sonal Shah (Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University)

Continuing the positive energy from the Washington Women’s march, DC Shapers got to listen to Sonal Shah (Economist, social impact leader and ultimate lady Boss) talk about her journey from Bosnia/Kosovo, to the White House, Goldman Sachs, Google and pivot back to the public sector. Ever honest and blunt, Sonal’s antidotes of women in the workplace, her experiences in the public and private sectors made for an interesting conversation over a glass of vino.

Special thank you to DC Shaper Angela Jhanji for putting this together!